September 27, 2016
In the U.S. News rating of National Liberal Arts Colleges, Saint John's University tied for 77th (up two spots from last year).
U.S. News ranked 239 liberal arts colleges which emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines.
Criteria for the rankings include graduation and retention rates; undergraduate academic reputation; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; graduation rate performance; and alumni giving (the average percentage of living alumni with bachelor's degrees who gave during 2013-14 and 2014-15).
In a separate rating recently released, SJU was ranked No. 32 (up 50 spots from its 2015 ranking) in the Washington Monthly rankings of liberal arts colleges. A total of 239 liberal arts schools were ranked by Washington Monthly.
Washington Monthly rated schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.'s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).